In a bid to access quality and affordable healthcare around its communities, the people of Uvwie Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State, are set to take delivery of the Ekpan General Hospital Surgical Theatre/Consultation Rooms and a 60KVA generating set, donated by Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL).
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony of the surgical theatre and consultation rooms, the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Relations, CNL, Deji Haastrup, said the project, which was made possible with the support of the Ekpan Development Committee would improve the lives of the people and empower young Nigerians in the development of the country.
He also revealed that in addition to the projects, Chevron has also donated a 60KVA generating set to the Ekpan General Hospital to help solve its power problem, adding that the project was in line with Chevron’s efforts to contribute to that of government to raise the quality of healthcare of the people of Delta State.
“At Chevron, we take our social corporate responsibility seriously. Everywhere we operate across the world, we always try our best to be a welcome member of the community. We try to forge partnership that supports economic social development of the people. Let me assure that the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture will continue to extend the frontiers of our partnership in Ekpan community and the institutions in the state to support programmes in our immediate environment,” he said
Also speaking, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, appealed to youths in the community to provide the enabling environment of peace and ensure that the projects were completed in record time.
The Governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, said the state government was committed to partnering with corporate organisations and other private individuals in its quest to ensuring prosperity for all Deltans.
He added that the state government takes health issues seriously and commended Chevron for contributing and assisting in ensuring that quality healthcare delivery was provided.
The Governor also assured the people of the state that it has kick-started its health insurance policy in the entire 25 local government areas of the state, promising that the awareness that was currently ongoing will soon trickle down to everywhere in the state.
He lauded Chevron and NNPC for the Hospital project in Ekpan, saying the surgical theatre and consultation rooms when completed will help in no small way in improving healthcare delivery to the people.
“This project when completed will reduce some of the challenges already being faced by the General Hospital, Ekpan. It will in no small way decongest the surgical services at Central Hospital, Warri and we give kudos to Chevron and NNPC. We also understand that at this difficult time when our nation is passing through difficulty of paucity of funds and scarcity of resources, this gesture would not have come at anytime better than this. The Delta State Governor, Senator, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is happy for this project because it will help towards its smart agenda and his prosperity agenda for all Deltans,” the commissioner said.
He added, “Senator Ifeanyi Okowa through the collaboration of the Delta State Health Insurance Scheme intends to provide healthcare and health insurance to all Deltans so that every Deltan will have equal access to affordable and quality health care services.
“I wish to use this medium to appeal to the youths of this community, as promised by one of the leaders of this community, to avoid the habit that will hamper the progress of the work, but corporate with the Ekpan Development Committee, especially the contractor, to ensure that the project is completed in a hitch-free and peaceful environment.”
He added,”A peaceful environment is very necessary for the completion of this project. There are projects scattered around the nation and the state that has not come to fruition due to one reason or the other. But a peaceful environment is by no way very important in making this project come to fruition.”